DETROIT—Having spent five years teaching in China, Rebecca Mair had a special appreciation for the mission of Shen Yun Performing Arts.
Ms. Mair, a psychologist and psychoanalyst on the faculty of Michigan School of Professional Psychology, came to Shen Yun for the second year in a row Thursday night at the Detroit Opera House with her friend, therapist Susan Brown.
New York-based Shen Yun aims to revive the lost arts and culture of China’s 5,000 years of divinely-inspired civilization, all but destroyed after 60 years of Communist rule.
“It was very moving, even more so because to me it’s like it’s trying to preserve the real Chinese culture, the real ancient Chinese culture,” said Ms. Mair.
She said Shen Yun’s presentation of dances from many different Chinese ethnicities and the display of ancient Chinese culture were beautiful.
She appreciated learning about that culture, she said, and said that it should not be lost.
“It should be kept alive, and I think it’s very important work.”
Having taught a psychotherapy program in China for years, Ms. Mair believes that it’s important that people understand what the Chinese really feel and think about their own country’s situation. Artistic presentation allows the introduction of topics that might otherwise go unspoken.
Ms. Brown said she also enjoyed the performance.
“I thought it was wonderful, I thought it was very beautiful. I thought the dancing and the music was terrific, and I thought it was very impressive.”
She enjoyed the technical aspects of classical Chinese dance, a comprehensive dance system known for its theatrical jumps, aerial flips and leaps.
Having been to China herself with Ms. Mair, Ms. Brown said she would recommend the show .
“Go see it, it’s beautiful and you get to see the real essence [of China].”
She said that was different from what she saw while she was there, and from what she saw in the media.
Ms. Mair said more than likely she would be back again next year.
Reporting by Lin Po and Sharon Kilarski.
Shen Yun Performing Arts new York Company will perform at the Detroit Opera House through to Jan. 27. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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